Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
22 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisFifteen-year-old Megumi Shimizu dreamed of a glamorous life in the big city; however, her unexpected death in the quiet village of Sotoba marks the beginning of what appears to be a ferocious epidemic that turns the hot summer into a season of blood and terror. A young doctor named Toshio Ozaki begins to doubt the nature of the disease and comes to understand that to discover the truth, he must abandon his humanity. Meanwhile, Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial youth from the city, is haunted by the sudden death of Megumi and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy. Toshio and Natsuno form an unlikely pair as they work together to save Sotoba before it transforms into a ghost town of vampires.
Shiki, adapted from the horror novel written by Fuyumi Ono, goes beyond the average vampire story. It tells the tragic tale of survival in a world where one cannot easily distinguish between good and evil. Abandoned by God, the Shiki, as the vampires call themselves, have only their will to live as they clash with the fear of the paranoid/unbelieving villagers. Shiki explores the boundary that separates man from monster.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Kuchizuke" (くちづけ) by Buck-Tick (eps 1-11)
#2: "Calendula Requiem" by kanon x kanon (eps 12-22)
Ending Theme#1: "Walk no Yakusoku (walkの約束)" by nangi (eps 1-11)
#2: "Gekka Reijin (月下麗人)" by Buck-Tick (eps 12-22)
Vampires have been enjoying quite a renaissance in Western media lately, mainly because of the advent of Twilight. In anime however, tales of bloodsuckers have been pretty constant over the years, but like the West there has been an increase in the number of stories involving the children of the night. The only problem is, they all seem to romanticise vampires by giving them kind, gentle personalities, good looks, a reluctance to drink human blood, or some other hook to make the viewer believe that creatures who look on humans as food can be considered friendly.
And then Shiki comes along and blows that whole idea out of the water.
Originally a two part horror novel published in 1998 by Ono Fuyumi (which was later reprinted in five parts), Shiki was adapted for manga in 2007 by Fujisaki Ryu. Set during a summertime in the mid 1990s, several people in the small town of Sotoba in rural Japan are afflicted with a strange and incurable wasting disease, and the local doctor fears an epidemic may be starting.
Around the same time a new family moves into the newly built Kanemasa mansion .
Shiki may not look the part at first glance, especially because of the colour scheme, but don't be fooled as there is actually quite a deep plot to this series, and while there is a degree of predictability about the storyline, this is balanced some good scripting and a more reasoned narrative approach. One of the things that separates this anime from more recent offerings is that it harks back to older vampire tales, so unlike Fortune Arterial, Rosario + Vampire, and other titles of that ilk, the undead in Shiki are unable to venture out into sunlight, nor are they able to enter a home unless invited, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to this there's an intelligence about the story that materialises in some interesting ways, from the doctor's logical approach to the town's crisis, to the strangely normal reactions of the local women at the beginning of the penultimate episode. Shiki could readily be compared to Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni as it explores certain aspects of human psychosis over the course of the series, and it's pleasing to watch an anime that doesn't assume that the audience are blithering idiots.
The thing that may put people off though, is how everything looks. The town and rural scenery are nicely detailed and varied, but viewers may initially wonder at the incongruity of the bright colours, or even the European styled mansion sitting on a hill overlooking the town. Rather than a whimsical approach to the design, this is a purposeful nod at the stereotypical hilltop "castle" that is prominent in a number of European horror stories.
This slightly methodical approach to design also manifests itself with the characters as it seems as though there has been an attempt to include just about every body shape into the series. Now while this adds a nice touch of diversity, there are some rather ludicrous additions which seem a bit out of place in a rural setting (one example is Ookawa Tomio, the owner of the liquor store, who looks like he was built in a shipyard). That said, the one glaring issue is that the vampires are easily recognisable because of their eyes, which is a bit of a shame as there are several scenes where the effect would have been heightened if there was less of a difference between the undead and humans.
As for the animation, the production company Daume isn't really well known in the West, but the work they've put into Shiki bodes well for the future of the studio. The characters generally move well, and while there are some slightly ridiculous body positions and actions at times, there's also a bit more realism about the series since none of the undead can leap over buildings or fly through the air. The action sequences also benefit from this more realistic approach, but there are still a small number of scenes that "bend" the laws of physics at the very least.
One thing that does bear mentioning is the quality and impact of the visual effects, especially the colour scheme, partly because of the variety, but mainly because they provide a number of scenes with some much needed emphasis.
Speaking of which, Shiki features some pretty decent acting, and a number of seiyuu really do put effort into their roles, even if they only have a minor speaking part. Now one could argue that this is to be expected from professionals, but sadly this isn't always the case as there are many anime out there that simply haven't understood that a poorly executed supporting role can spoil the performance of the leads.
The downside is that there are times towards the end of the series where the actors and actresses seem ... a bit too enthusiastic. Fortunately the seiyuu playing the main roles are there to steady things, and their performances are very good indeed.
Shiki is well served by a variety of incidental music, ranging from quiet yet slightly ominous music box pieces to haunting choral anthems, all with some slow techno beats thrown into the mix to round everything out. The series has two opening and ending sequences that, in all honesty, are a bit of a mixed bag. The first OP, Kuchizuke by Buck-Tick, is a pretty angry piece that actually fits well with the theme of the show, but sadly the second OP, Calendula Requiem by Kanon x Kanon, doesn't really work as it's a bit too J-pop for its own good. As for the EDs, the first one, Walk no Yakusoku by Nangi, is a slightly bittersweet track that echoes of triumph, and in all honesty it's difficult to judge how fitting the song is with this anime. On the other hand the second ED, Gekka Reijin by Buck-Tick (again), really does work well with Shiki, and the track is reminiscent of the music produced by some of the "darker" European rock/pop bands of the 1990s.
As for the effects, they're suitably gory when the occasion demands, but even poor effects would be raised by the quality of the choreography throughout this series. Everything from the music, including the OPs and EDs, to the pitch and cadence of the speaking roles, is timed very well, and it's clear a great deal of effort has gone into making this anime an aural experience as well as a visual one.
Now one of the things that is clear from the opening sequence is that Shiki has quite a large number of characters. Normally this would mean that much of the developmental aspect of the storyline would focus on the leads, with the supporting characters reinforcing this growth, but Shiki takes a different line, and it's one that will hopefully be seen a lot more in the future. The main strength of this series is characterisation, and from the bit parts on up, every single role is clearly defined. The advantage to this method is that it's not always necessary to develop a well defined character, and Shiki follows this path almost religiously. While some growth does occur over the course of the series, what's most interesting is how each character adjusts and adapts to the events in the town. Probably the best example of this ethos in action is in the latter half of episode 14, and the methodical approach taken by the local doctor Ozaki Toshio is reflective of the fact that there is a degree of logic and intelligence in the plot.
In all honesty Shiki managed to surprise me. After the recent run of poor horror anime it's pretty obvious that I ventured into the series half expecting more of the same, so when I encountered actual intelligence in the plot, it came as something of a shock. That doesn't mean this anime is perfect though, as aside from the more obvious audio and visual flaws (like not washing off blood), there are several elements in the story that could have been resolved. That said, it's nice to watch a show that sets out to tell a story without assuming that the viewer is afflicted with the moe bug.
The main reason I like Shiki though, is because it doesn't fall foul of the drivel produced by authors of "dark romance", but instead postulates some moral and ethical dilemmas for the viewer to ponder. In addition to this it also highlights the human capacity for adaptation, something which is often overlooked in anime. If you're looking for an intelligent horror, then this series is right up there with the likes of Ghost Hound, Ghost Hunt, and other equally worthy shows.
Given that this is effectively a throwback to the type of horror that epitomises Bram Stoker's Dracula (without certain supernatural shenanigans), Shiki is something of an oddity in anime as the general trend leans heavily into romanticism and moe, and in all honesty I haven't seen a vampire tale this good since Kurozuka, which says a lot more about the anime industry than I can put into words. read more
I've seen my fair share of vampire anime; and I have to say, it was under vast number of genres, as well as themes. Shiki however, pulls you back in to what the traditional myth of vampires; added to it that it's a thriller, it will move anyone who's a vampire fan.
Compared to many other vampire themed animes, such as Blood+, Rosario + Vampire, Vampire Knight, and Trinity blood; this anime comes back to the roots of vampires and their myths. In this anime a town is plagued with death with no reasonable explanation; though thought of a possible epidemic, Doctor Ozaki, the head doctor of his clinic cannot find any actual symptoms related to any known disease, besides Aplastic Anemia, which is the loss of red and white blood cells. As the body count rises, he becomes desperate to find an answer until he comes up to a conclusion, albeit a far fetched one, that it might be a work of Okiagari, or vampires. His next problem then is to convince the village; of course such a mythical conclusion would "never" exist in the rational world. As he tried desperately to prove the existence of okiagari, death sweeps through the town faster and faster, until soon, more than half of the population has been wiped. Still they did not believe him. That is until he killed a vampire, named Chizuru, in front of everyone. Then the vampire hunt begins. There are mini plots within the whole series that I will not divulge, go watch it to see. At first, the anime's plot progression might come up as slow to most people. Even I had a hard time dealing with the first 3 episodes. But it get's really good. The fact that the anime went back to the original vampire myths alone made me smile, such as that they can not enter a home until they are invited in, or that they die if stabbed with a stake at the heart, and the fact that they are UNDEAD; just including those classic myths already got me hooked. This anime has definitely gave back the respect of vampires that Twilight has taken away. And contrast to the other animes I've mentioned, very little gore is shown, at least until the way later episodes, even then, it was there as part of the ambiance, and not for its own sake.
The lines were sharp, and the colors were almost fluorescent. The art of the animation just didn't look like it fits with a subtle setting and plot like that. Not to mention the crazy hairstyles that almost every relevant character had. It was like watching bakemonogatari but with better details. The animation would be more fit for shounen anime in my opinion.
The1st season OP got me the first time I heard it. It was almost celtic, and goes perfectly with the whole theme. The BGM, it was not intrusive, but yet it'll make you want to jump at times; some even sound like something out of the catholic church, which is awesome due to the ties of religion to vampires;the good thing about it is that they also barely use BGM. The 2nd season OP for some reason reminded me of one of the OP's of Rozen Maiden, i don't know why, but I didn't like it as much. The 1st season ED is that like something off a romance anime though, but once you get to the later episodes, you will figure out why. The 2nd season ED I liked because it was indie/soft rock for me, and it was calm yet eerie, which what the anime was about.
There were really only 4 main characters in the anime; Sunako, Ozaki, Seishin, and Yuuki. However, you will definitely be able to tell that EVERYONE is important, even the ones who died, or risen. This is because of the sub-plots, as I mentioned earlier, and they are awesome. However as much as that's a good thing, the downside is that no one really has any room to grow. The viewer really can't see if there is any character progression. However, that really isn't necessary due to the big-picture nature of the plot.
Like I said in the Story section, it is at first slow, but as the people die, and the vamipres close in to the main characters, it becomes a classic thriller. At one point I actually jumped off my seat. This take on the classic vampire is really something that needed to be done.
Basically, if you hate twilight, you would love this. It puts back the vampire's reputation of being mysterious, scary, and are considered "monsters". It went back to the classics of vampire myths, and made it work quite well. I really do hope that this anime becomes a classic; in case everyone needs to refresh that vampire actually DIE under the sun, and not sparkle like a disco ball.
"Who's the real evil?" Who cares? It seemed pretty black and white to me logically. (Personally: If you're dead, stay dead.) I didn't feel any sympathy for either side. So I didn't end up contemplating life. Also I already knew humans are terrible. I guess a reminder didn't hurt? (Concept was good enough for bonus points in story rating. But, mainly, the endless blood showers ♥)
I still remember when my brain just said, "Deal with it, it's episode 17 already." The drawing style is unique but I didn't find it beautiful, it was bizarre. I guess it suits how messed up the anime is but it doesn't change things for me; didn't like it. Bonus points: Managed to live with it.
I actually liked the music and anything sound related, it was the one thing I couldn't complain about. It wasn't painfully out of place or too weird.
Oh wow. In one word, UNLIKEABLE. Most of them were painfully annoying or despicable. Even the kind ones were annoying to me, like that best friend guy that kept crying. I can't explain without spoilers but ask yourself, "Is it worth ruining my day for?" Not really. "Why do that?!" or "Just do it!!" moments are too many a person should ever experience in a single series.
I managed to sit through 24 episodes overall so it's compelling in its own way. Who's gonna die next?? Is everyone a piece of *** or will they actually grow as characters?? Tbh, it actually took me a few episodes to understand what was going on so there's some major potential this could have been shorter than it was.
100% would not rewatch. 6 is actually generous but I base my ratings on concept potential usually. Don't get me wrong, it was compelling enough to keep me interested, BUT, it was compelling in a bad way. I kept watching to see if anyone of those fudgers actually pulls through for me.
Conclusion: If you like messed up stuff, this could be for you.
Everyone's review seems to be raving about how good Shiki is and so I'm just wondering maybe there is something wrong with me. (Well, there must be if I managed to get through this bloody anime without losing my appetite but that's another issue.) Why did I bother to write this you may ask?? I think it might be nice for other people to have some closure that they're not abnormal for not raving about it and that it's not for everyone, I'm like Batman of the anime world. Thanks for reading. read more
Something strange has been going on in the quaint village of Sotoba... Ever since those wealthy outsiders built their lavish mansion at the top of Kanemasa Hill, there has been a succession of mysterious deaths... People of all ages will become lethargic and anti-social, refuse to go to the doctor, and then die after only a few days... Could it be an epidemic? Some new disease? And are the rumors true that the dead are still walking around?
Those newcomers are certainly strange, and Sotoba does have ancient legends about Okomiyagi, or the dead coming back to life... But those are just stories, right?
Based on a series of novels from 1998, Shiki tells the story of an entire rural Japanese community as it deals with one mysterious death after another, slowly whittling their population down as their efforts to explain it... And hopefully put a stop to it... yield no results, no answers, and an ever diminishing sense of hope. It isn’t until a few open-minded individuals start to consider the supernatural that they finally begin to make some real progress... Unfortunately for them, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
With a cast of hundreds like this show has, it’s essential that you set aside a special handful of characters for the audience to follow, so we can explore the story from several different perspectives. Shiki has this requirement covered, as it gives us three very different pairs of eyes to look through. First, we have Natsuno, a disgruntled teenaged boy who’s been forced to move into this village with his new wave, idealistic parents. He despises the village, and refuses to make any long term connections, believing that doing so will make it difficult when they finally move back out. Of course, despite his best efforts, a close circle of friends do form around him. In fact, Megumi... One of the very first people to be killed by the mysterious epidemic... Had an obsessive one sided crush on him... and it seems that even death can’t take her away.
Our second leading role is Toshio Ozaki, the director of the primary hospital in Sotoba. Having taken over the clinic from his deceased father, he’s a driven and tenacious doctor who’s initially baffled by the amount of people inexplicably dying around him, and having come up against a challenge like this, he will stop at nothing to overcome it... And I mean nothing, as his quest for a solution leads to him experiencing and performing some of the cruelest acts imaginable.
And our final lead is Ozaki’s childhood friend, Seishin Muroi, a local priest and a moderately successful author. His novels tend to be on the poignant side, dealing with subjects like loss, betrayal, and abandonment by God. This attracts the attention of Sunako, the little daughter of the newcomers, who’s apparently a huge fan of his work. He forms a connection with her over time, as his pacifist religious beliefs gradually lead him to develop a sense of sympathy for the beings that his best friend Toshio has sworn to destroy.
The rest of the cast is made up of smaller roles, the basic types of people you’d expect to see in a tightly-knit little community... You have business owners, rebellious teenagers, concerned parents, comfortable elders, nurses, teachers, happy go lucky children... All of whom deal with the growing problem in their own unique ways. And for such a large cast, the dub is surprisingly on point. It”s a Funimation effort, but it’s a really odd Funimation effort, where the lead characters are all portrayed by actors that you normally wouldn’t see attached to such high profile roles. Toshio is played by David Wald, a long time actor who’s somehow stayed completely off of my radar until just now. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for him in the future, because he rasps and grumbles his way into the jaded, chain smoking doctor as though he was born to play the part.
Seishin Muroi is played by John Burgmeier, a man who rarely ever steps out from the technical side fo a dub for anything other than a bit part... He directs, he writes, but when he acts, his subdued performances are normally outstanding. He plays down-trod, broken men as though it were a second language, and his role in Shiki is probably one of his best voice performances since Gunslinger Girl. Jerry Jewell also does a commendable job on Natsuno Yuuki, and you’ll find pretty much every Funimation voice under the sun sprinkled here and there... Hell, even Anastasia Munoz gets an appearance... but the star of this dub has to be Cherami Leigh, who plays the ominous Sunako, who looks very much like she was taken directly from a Katy Towell cartoon. I wish I could tell you why her performance in this role is so perfect, but to go into detail would mean giving away some serious spoilers.
There’s at least one bad egg in the dub, however, and surprise surprise, it’s Tia Ballard. Tia plays the role of Megumi Shimizu, a sixteen year old girl who dreams of getting out of her quaint, suffocating home town and going to a college in the big city. And she will not shut up about it. I know that in anime, non conformists are often portrayed as loud, disruptive nuisances, and they did a very thorough job of it with this character, but when you combine that archetype with tia’s shrill, screechy voice, she single-handedly renders the first episode almost completely unbearable. Thankfully, she only really has a strong presence in this episode. Spoiler... She dies in it.
Now, when I tell you that this story is about a small group of protagonists struggling to put a stop to the mysterious deaths happening all around them, with ticking clock being their worst enemy, you may think that concept sounds suspiciously familiar. Well, that’s because you’ve seen this same plot before, as Another and Hell Girl: Two Mirrors have both tried... And failed miserably... at making you care about it. But where those two regrettable shows failed, Shiki succeeds with flying colors.
Unlike Another, Shiki doesn’t make over-the-top, ridiculous spectacles of it’s death scenes, choosing instead to focus on word of mouth and the sad faces of relatives, so that it can liberally float between tragedy and statistic depending on the tone that any given death calls for. And unlike Hell Girl Two Mirrors, Shiki paces itself, putting just enough time between each death so that it can drain the hope of the viewer, little by little, as it spirals down towards one hell of a catastrophic ending.
And with that manipulation of hope, Shiki is one of the most well executed horror anime titles that I have seen in a long time. There’s almost no filler in it’s entire 24 episode run, as every single event that occurs has a distinct purpose, and is placed exactly where it needs to be in the narrative. The first ten or so episodes are admittedly slow, building up the tension in the village to an almost OCD-like degree. Very few answers are found here, as tragic death after tragic death drives the residents to either blind paranoia or complacent acceptance of fate. By the second half, the nature of this menace has been all but revealed to the audience, even as our three main characters slowly come to terms with a truth they know they shouldn’t accept, and with a terrifying threat that comes to face them almost immediately after they come to face it.
It’s a brilliant, gripping story that will have you skipping through the otherwise beautiful openings and closings just so you can catch the next development as quickly as you possibly can. While you may find yourself hard-pressed to experience any emotional reactions through the majority of the story, as death will inevitably become commonplace in this kind of story, there’s enough disturbing, unsettling material in the final act that will not only horrify you, but will also completely subvert your expectations of a horror story.
As much as I would love to continue to praise this series, and call it one of the most excellent horror titles i’ve ever seen, I can’t. It’s time to talk about the artwork and animation, and I can already feel my hand reaching out to grab hold of my bottle of Haterade. Why? Because this is one butt ugly show.
Okay,. maybe that’s not fair of me... It’s not the artwork itself that’s bad, as it doesn’t look sloppy or anything. If anything, the backgrounds and environments are easily on the high end of the scale. No, what I really have problems with is the art design. The characters look ridiculous, with angular faces and giant, cartoony eyes, and so many bizarre, gravity defying hairstyles that even a Pokemon animator would say “Hey, dial it back a bit!” No, you know what? Forget Pokemon. Looking at Shiki’s character designs is like watching someone from Clamp come up with their own Yugioh Spin-off. It would be okay if this were some wacky comedy, but it’s not... Shiki is a mature, poignant show that asks you several profound questions and dares you to come up with your own satisfactory answers.
And if you really want to see this show go from ridiculous to horrifying in the blink of an eye, just wait until one of the characters starts to cry. These characters don’t cry the way normal anime characters cry... They cry thick, opaque marbles of liquid that could make a serious claim at being one of the scariest elements of the show. If you were to take a frame of it out of context, you’d think you were looking at an image from some ill advised Eiken sequel... And no, I am not even remotely joking about that. The art design of this show is distracting as hell, and took me out of the story more times than I can count. And the animation quality is no prize either... It’s one of the cheapest looking shows that Bones has ever produced, and if you know Bones, you know how big a claim that is.
In spite of this, Shiki is a very strong anime title that has a lot to offer you... It’s bold, thought provoking, and without a single hint of pretense. It succeeds at exploring ideas and concepts that cause other shows to flop face down onto the floor, and if you’re looking for a very broad hint at what these ideas are, one of those floppers is my old arch-nemesis Blood C. Unfortunately, with an irritating first episode and a constant assault of distracting and sometimes even inappropriate eyesores, you have to put up with a lot of abuse to appreciate this show, so I really can’t see it reaching the level of quality that it deserves to. It’s still a great show, and I strongly recommend checking it out, but I can’t give it any higher than a 7/10. read more
Both give a similar feeling: New guy arrives to a little village, and certain dark events start happening that are somehow related to a young mysterious girl. Slow and creepy atmosphere that makes you want to find out what´s going on. Brilliant ost and VA´s. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other.
Well, both series are Mystery genres..
They give the same scary feeling due to the lots of creepy deaths all over the stories.
Yet, both show the main male character wiling to stop this "supernatural phenomenon".
Also a special mention to the cure of the music, which both serie have.
If you enjoyed one of those, you might probably enjoy the other as well!
The difference in shows is that in Another we don't know what is happening and why so it has to be investigated. However, in Shiki we know the cause of the deaths from the start and are simply observing everything from the distance, watching how characters will deal with the issue.
Other than that, shows are very similar. In both shows people suddenly start to die.In Another people from one class die and in Shiki in one of the villages.
In both shows characters try to find the cause and stop it. Both shows start slow but eventually end up in blood bath. Both shows have quiet a lot of under developed characters though in Another it is more eye burning.
Shiki and Another are mystery and horror anime that share the same type of overall dread for the viewer. They take place in a quiet and sleepy town that soon gives way to the chaos and paranoia flowing within everyone's psyche. They also feature mysterious girls whose presence and existence psychologically bash everyone else's sanity and causes a train-wreck, chain-reaction-like phenomenon, that leaves many dead and others messed up from the sheer horror and unspeakable events that unfold. Both series, especially Shiki, also offer really unique animation and creepy background music. If you liked watching one of them I highly recommend trying out the other.
Both fall under the horror genre and give off similar vibes by establishing a slow-paced mystery in order to create suspense. Shiki focuses on character and buildup, while Another uses foreshadowing and atmosphere.
Perhaps creepy at times, and shocking at others.
Worthy of mentioning is that the writer for Another is the husband for the writer of Shiki. Truly, the greatest love story ever told.
Shiki is similar to both Another and Mirai Nikki. This is because again the anime shares characters and themes. The main protagonist in Shiki could be argued of being either the girl or boy, but I myself think it is the boy. Though this might sound as if it juxtaposes with the recommended anime's it doesn't. It is really quite similar. Shiki's main theme is that of death. Death is like the central for the plot as the town gets consumed by it one by one. Without giving too much away, this anime also shares the theme of fantasy, or rather, supernatural. This is another positive point to this anime that may lure many viewers in. Personally, I think that this anime is a little more retro feeling rather than the luxury art you gain through Another and Mirai Nikki. I would highly recommend this anime to those who have enjoyed the other anime's I have recommended.
While Shiki is more of a thriller than a horror, they both take place in a small rural town. Mysterious, supernatural deaths are also something the two series share. The protagonist in each show tries to uncover the truth behind the deaths.
Both series involves events in small village involving deaths surrounded by mystery. Both anime(s) have that thriller like atmosphere that leaves cliffhangers and horror themed conclusions.
A great series for viewers interested in horror fiction and mystery alike.
Both have a creepy and mysterious undertone in the beginning, and both turn out gory in the end but Another is more extreme
Both series deal with the supernatural as found in a cloistered community, and the drastic measures which must be taken to deal with the danger to humanity. Shiki is more cerebral and philosophical; Another is more of an excellent demonstration of classic horror tropes.
•Both are small out of place towns, that are surrounded by nature, cut off from the rest of the world.
•they also have a boy moving from the city to live in the town.
•the sense of mystery is more blunt in Another, but they both portray horror thats absolutely wonderful, if you love blood and killing.
•both have outbreak of killings as the story progresses, which are visually graphic, which is the BEST!
•they both question humanity and how their brain works when put under pressure of murder and how •they act accordingly towards finding an answer in different ways.
Both are a horror genre with a bit of mystery. Both are great anime, though I think I enjoyed another's finale more than Shiki. Both have a supernatural element that drives the story forward. Gore is also on the same levels.
If you're familiar with the horror-genre, you probably know that moving to a small town isn't really the recipe for a carefree life. Both protagonists find themselves surrounded by unknown enemies and it is their job to stop either the spreading of a 'virus' (Shiki) or to lift a curse (Another). Regardless which anime you choose to watch, there'll be enough deaths, blood and mystery to the story to leave you wondering what will happen next.
Both seem to be pretty remote towns
Both have an outbreak of deaths
The citizens in both don't seem to have any idea for what to do
Both have a pretty good suspenseful aura
Both don't hold back on showing the killing
In both, a new guy moves to a small town. Shortly after, strange and sudden deaths start to occur, and the main character attempts to find out why. Both anime have gory scenes, involve the living dead, contain mystery, and give off that same eerie feeling.
Both are scary, creepy, and the psychological elements are both well-made!
Most important of all, THERE is MADNESS which leads to people to slaughter each other!
Both animes are in the Mystery genre, they have many deaths in an area, and have unnatural causes of death. Both also put me on the edge of my seat and had a good story in my opinion.
Both are traditional horror, meaning it's more about the human psych and terror that lies within the heart then blood and gore. Both anime shows just how far humans are willing to go when their lives are on the line.
Both have a new kid moving to a new, small town. Slowly, people start dying due to supernatural causes.
New guy comes to town and notices that weird stuff is happening and wants to get to solve mystery. Both anime are full of mystery and horror. They have the same feel. Both also have good likable characters. Both are filled with emotion and have tragic killings.
Both MCs move into villages where something is clearly wrong. Both anime also have their fair share of creepiness and bloody fights.
- Both involve people dealing with a force that is mysterious in nature
- Both have strong psychological moments
- One of the characters becomes involved in the story after moving to the area the story takes place in
At least anyone who likes Shiki would like Another because they have a lot in common. Both have a similar feeling. A new guy moves to a new village and mysterious events begin to occur.
- Protaganists need to solve a problem in the plot.
- Mystery anime, with stories back in the past.
- Much horror.
Both series belong to a similar genre, and have similar stories, if you like horror, this is for you :)
On the surface the shows look completely different, but both shows give off a simlar atmosphere. Dark and forboding, holding back on the true plots for as long as possible.
Both shows also have rather "graphic" endings, leaving you questioning the true nature of evil.
Both anime are set in an isolated village giving off a dark, mysterious atmosphere throughout the whole show with no comedy. As a result the anime gains a very serious mood while dealing with supernatural events. Shiki differs from Another due to that deep narrations of human nature and its values whereas Another inspires thrill and a desire for conclusion as such Another starts the plot right away while Shiki takes a couple of episodes to get started. All in all, if you did enjoy one of them you will without a doubt enjoy the other. :)
- Both anime center around a young boy that is in a rural city and both strange events that occur are (somehow) related to a mysterious, young girl that is less shown to the others but the main character knows her and is a friend of the girl.
-Both anime are not you're traditional "happy end" story since the end is more like a neutral one when the outcome is happy but the loss is far too great to be called an total H.E (Happy End).
-Although the characters were friends they start killing each other at a certain point in the show.
-In the end the main character has to do a choice that it will change the way he thinks forever
If u liked one you should at least try the other. If you're enough patient you'll definitely see the huge similarities.
Both have to do with the supernatural, and are horror anime. Shiki and Another have superb storylines as well. However, Shiki is a bit more... extreme in its horror imo. Not for the faint of heart. ;)
-Both creepy and produce the same atmosphere.
-Both based in a town.
-School boy recently moves to town (both main characters).
-All events appear to center around a girl.
-Both have a good plot and character development.
-Both are "horror".
I found Shiki to be more interesting than Another and felt the character development was also stronger in Shiki. Another is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Shiki.
The Mystery gets deeper when you go through each episode and the plot picks up pace really fast in the end.
Higurashi and Shiki are similar to each other in that both take place in small villages where mysterious deaths occur. Higurashi, however, contains slapstick comedic scenes to a degree, which is kept to a minimum in Shiki.
When i watched Shiki i felt from the very start the same atmosphere that Higurashi was used to give me. The more the story was going on, and the more that feeling was becoming stronger.
Yep, both series really have many similitudes:
- in both stories everything starts in those little and "calm" villages
- both series' main subjects are the weird deaths (murders) that will shock the villagers
- both anime have quite a well-made mystery atmosphere; whenever someone finds something, another thing will happen and you wont have to finish to realize all hints yet, until the end. The mystery affects both pubblic and characters, which i think is another good thing that both have in common
- still, both stories have supernatural factors leading the events
- and, even one of the main female characters are similar in both series (Sunako and Rika), be it in look and personality
So, to conclude: personally i advice to see both, since both are very well made.
If you liked the mystery in one of the series you'll surely like the other too!
ps: as personal opinion i especially liked Shiki's art style, since is quite particular and different from any other anime.
Both anime gives the same feeling overall, both plots start off mysterious & similar, in Shiki an unknown case of illness spreads around in a village while in Higurashi mysterious serial murders occur.
In both, the male protagonists (Natsuno & Keiichi) move from the city to the village thus more clueless than everyone & both are around the same age.
Both anime are set on a village far away, with a small population & surrounded by the woods.
Both involve supernatural genre while Higurashi also has some extreme realistic violence.
Both have a wonderful ost, though Shiki has better art.
Both animes have the same initial plot: a peaceful rural village that is suddenly surrounded by deadly mysteries.
They both carry the mysteries they hold very well, and go gradually solving them and at the same time throwing other hints at the viewers.
Coincidentally, Rika Furude (from Higurashi) and Sunako Kirishiki (from Shiki) share an strong resemblance. Both girls have blue-ish hair, both change moods from cute little girls to wise leaders, and also both are revealed to have a similar dark secret.
Also, both animes verge on the supernatural when showing the solutions to the crimes/mysteries.
The culture of the people, revolving around legends and myths, is also a subject that both animes bring. Higurashi's people believes in the Oyashiro-sama, a goddess that lays curse on people so that they are killed during an annual festival. Shiki's people on the other way, come with the legend of the Okiagari, people that die and come back to the world of living as a demon.
Other similarities related to characters, their jobs, and experiments, may come around too. Both animes are a masterpiece in the mystery genre. The only problem is that Shiki is shorter. :(
These animes are very similar .Peaceful villages where starts to happened very weird things.People that are dieing/disappearing.And many atoher similat things.
The three seasons of Higurashi are having the same dark atmosphere as Shiki and both anime contain an ''illness'' all over the village.
The animes both take place in a small town where strange and bizarre things begin to occur. Both have seemingly innocent girls in them who turns out to be murderous.
Both are set in an extremely small town where mysteries are appearing. Both seem pretty innocent and calm, but actually have deeper meanings in them involving death. Also, in both animes there is a type of illness or disease that only effect the people of the village.
Both Shiki and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni both take place in similar settings, country side villages. There is peaceful atmosphere waiting to shatter, however that is about where their relations end- other than the death and suspense, of course. Shiki is more of a mysterious string of murder cases that have a definite antagonist, whereas Higurashi is the tellings of a small group that switch off the role of the antagonist.
They really look like each other. If you like vampires.
Part of me feels like Shiki is trying to be Higurashi. Both are very psychological, filled with Horror, and set in a small villiage removed from the general world. Shiki also has moments of violence rivaling Higurashi.
Both involve a mysterious "curse" going around the village.
Both are about remote villages that start to experience strange deaths.
Both have a very mysterious and intense story. Similar in feel and mood, both kind of have a thriller/horror-like feel.. They're both shrouded in a suspense that keeps one wanting to know what's going to happen next.
They both have that creepy small-town, many horrible deaths going around & trying to figure out what's causing them.
- Both take place of small village.
- Both are Mystery/Thriller/Psychological.
- Higurashi got cute girls, Shiki got vampires :D
- Many peoples die on both anime.
- Insane feeling
The first few episodes both of these animes seem to have a calmer feel to them, but as they open up reveal something much darker. Both are packed with blood (At least in the last episodes of Shiki) and have a more psychotic side to them. They also have a good amount of mystery in it, too.
Both anime take place on a isolated village, where strange things start to happen, with a great plot behind everything.
both of them have a plot about a town and there is a disease in it but the difference is that in shiki, there are vampires and zombies
Both are set in a rural ton where unknown horrific events unfold
-Both have mysterious deaths in a small village
-Both say that there is a cursed/legend that is causing the deaths but neither believes in it at first
I think Higurashi no Naku Koro ni relates to Shiki more than Another. Shiki and Higurashi are both set in villages. Also, Another focuses quite a bit on school. Though Higurashi does a bit, not near as much as Another. I don't recall the school ever shown in Shiki.
Both are horror/psychological shows are set in very secluded areas in Japan and involve many people dying. They both have strange art styles but still manage to pull off being horror anime very well and give off similar feelings.
Supernatural thriller-horror. Takes place in a village with a secret. A lot of death, mayhem and confusion. Dark, paranoid undertones.
Both have great, intense stories, both are quite gory, both involves an isolated small village surrounded by a mystery that involves the death of many people. Shiki will fill the void caused by Higurashi better than any other series in the same genre.
Both has a mysterious chain death in some village, and had a similar storyline. both story contain some light gore and produce a same expression. totally enjoyable
Even though one has to do more with the supernatural and vampires, Each centers around the story and characters than action. Higurashi is bloodier, but shiki is easier to follow. However each treats the audience like intelligent adults instead of stupid kids looking for there next fan-service fap-fest. They have aspects of both surprise and wonder that drags you to the next episode. If there is one thing i want to warn you about though - Watch higurashi subbed, because the dub SUCKED ASS!!!!
They are both of the horror/psychological/thriller genre. Both revolve around mysterious, rural towns with some sort of secret (a curse in Higurashi, 'monsters' in Shiki). There is a fair amount of gore and a generally creepy atmosphere in both.
Both shows are verry good if you love horror and gore. If you are a horror fan you should give it a try, its one of the best.
- Both the shows focus on mysterious deaths happening in a rather isolated village.
- Both of them involve students investigating majority of the time.
- Both have murders which are disturbing as hell.
- Both are extremely depressing to watch. (Trust me)
Although Higurashi has different arcs which involve a 180 degree turn, I would still suggest that those who liked Higurashi (I feel sorry for you if you liked all those murders, unless you deeply hated many of the characters, just like I did) will surely like Shiki as well.
Shiki is more of a mystery show while Tokyo Ghoul is more action orientated. Shiki focuses at many characters at once while Tokyo Ghoul mostly follows main character Kaneki Ken. However, the main theme is pretty much the same.
Both series deal with a conflict between humans and other being that are there to devour us. In Shiki vampires, in Tokyo Ghoul those are ghouls.
Both stories start from the perspective of humans being a victim and then eventually we get to see things from "enemies" perspective and then the main question comes:
Just who is the real monster here?
A conflict between humans and forces of supernatural. Shiki and Tokyo Ghoul shares the similarity in that monsters exists in their perspective worlds. The main protagonist gets involved with them with his life at constant risk. In their dark stories, mystery also exists especially in regards to the origins of these supernatural beings. The protagonists strives to learn more and hopefully also save the lives of others in the wake of this calamity. Recommended for fans of supernatural horror.
Ghouls and zombies is trying to survive by eating people or making them one of them,
and the people is fighting back to survive too.
That leads to a lot of bloodshed and cruelty.
So who is the prey and who is the hunter?
You will have to discover it for yourself, and feel that experience.
Both are dark anime that make you question what a "monster" is. Each side has their own reasons. Who decides who is "bad", who the "monster" is?
Both Shiki and Tokyo Ghoul make you realize that not everything is black and white and portray the plot through unique perspectives!
Both are a must-watch :)
The eyes are the same style for both the vampires (Shiki) and ghouls (Tokyo Ghoul). Both have copious amounts of blood and violence, with a story that is told from the monster's point of view.
People become monsters who eat people and normal people want to kill the monsters.
However, both sides have logical reasons for their actions, and neither can be said to be the "good" side or the "bad" side. You're not really sure who is the monster after seeing both perspectives.
Both series have to do with 'monsters' who kill humans for food and people who act against them. They both bring up the question, "Who is the real monster?".
Both have the aspect to which kind is right or wrong
• Both shows involve "monsters" who need to eat humans for their survival.
• Some of the characters of both series become these monsters at some point of the story.
• The eyes of the monsters are similar.
• Shiki takes place in a village while Tokyo Ghoul takes place in a city.
• In Shiki these monsters are "corpse demons" which are pretty much a combination of vampires and zombies, and in Tokyo Ghoul the monsters are ghouls.
Similar to Shiki, with the eyes, blood and murders. Over powered characters who try live in the socially of humans. Hiding themselves among humans. Until the police get involved. Shiki is similar but they are not been chased by police but by villages.
Both feature Humanoid creatures eating humans.
Whereas Shiki features vampires, Tokyo ghoul has ghouls. They also have a similar bloody atmosphere and include the main character becoming heavily involved with these creature.Moreover, both main characters are anomolies, they are very different in nature to the characters around them
Both about a new race eatting humans, and humans attempting to fight back.
There are creatures (shiki & ghouls) that are causing problems in a city/town, and the only thing on the menu for these creatures are the flesh and blood of humans. The humans don't know much about these creatures, but continue to learn more. There are lots of blood and death. The story makes it so that there isn't just one antagonist. There are different points of view, and you make the choice of who's side your on. You also start to feel bad for the creatures.
Shiki is quite similar to Tokyo Ghoul as they both possess beings that need to drink blood I order to survive, NOT VAMPIRES THOUGH.
Both Shiki & Shinsekai yori are shows that can be described as a slow burn, never fully giving anything way and thus require a lot of patience. Your patience will in turn be rewarded, as both shows come to a thrilling conclusion.
Do not watch either if you lack patience. and an open mind.
Shinsekai Yori and Shiki both deal with the human psyche and its tendencies. These series show how these tendencies could be flawed which in turn may lead to irrational behavior and unfortunate circumstances.
The setting is similar, remote/traditional/strict Japanese villages.
Both deal with a deviation in normal human genetics. (Zombie/Vampire-like people in Shiki and Esper powers in Shinsekai Yori)
Both deal with opposing factions that truly do not have a right or wrong side to them.
Both shows are very thought-provoking and would recommend one if you enjoyed the other.
- similar atmospheres that grow darker
- village-wide catastrophe
- super natural
In both series, there is a very mysterious background with similar mood settings.
Both series have similar backgrounds involving a village that deals with the world of supernatural. In fact, creatures in both series are feared and revered.
Both series focuses on how humans deal with them in the world that they live in.
Both series often have plot twists as well as thriller like endings involving the main characters.
Both have a very dark atmosphere and lots of mystery; and give a creepy feeling as a group of people try to survive against a supernatural threat.
Both great anime if you love dark mysteries.
-satisfying ending/closure (which you don't find in most animes nowadays)
The mystery, demon, magic, and slow progression from both anime are quite similar.
Just, Shinsekai Yori has clearer ending than Shiki. But, Shiki is still 'darker'.
If you liked quiet and peaceful village setting which is going to change into horror and bloody carnage this show is for you.
Series revolve around two humans races - stronger (vampires - Shiki, espers- Shinsekai yori) and weaker. Durning the shows we can meet philosophical questions about rights to kill, to live, to rule which require thinking from spectator.
Psychological thrillers that look at the idea of "good vs. evil" with neither the humans or the other creatures necessarily being the good ones. Very dramatic and both have strong endings (especially Shiki) despite somewhat slow starts. They involve villages that are far removed of other societies in remote parts of Japan (though Shinsekai Yori adds in a post-apocalyptic theme as well).
Shiki and Shinsekai Yori are alike as they both present ethical and moral problems to the viewer. Although they are, in reality, two almost completely different settings and mechanics, both have mystery elements and the supernatural and make the viewer really think to themselves as they watch. I can say for sure that anyone who enjoys one will love the other just as much (perhaps more).
A rural town, unexplainable happenings, and a penchant for tackling the human condition.
Shinsekai Yori and Shiki throw the viewer into a quaint village where civilians are content with mundane lives and daily rituals. Soon enough, however, perhaps through uncanny circumstance or through fates invoked by their ancestors, our characters' lives are inverted and thrown into chaos that turns their worlds upside down. The chaos is revealed at a snail's pace and at the same pace drags the viewer through a labyrinth of plot twists, never fully giving away the direction of the story until the very end.
Disregarding that both series have a country setting, a slow pacing, or progressively build into a massive climax, gaining momentum with each episode, the greatest similarity is how both series weave a tale intent on being just as much philosophical as it is thrilling. Shinsekai Yori and Shiki attempt to both analyze and criticize the unquestioned morality, viewpoints, and means of addressing problems in their societies' hive minds, providing the viewer with food for thought in morally gray areas. Ultimately, the viewer is left pondering, "Who's the monster?"
Both anime are great philosophical thrillers assuming the viewer has the patience for their slow crawl and doesn't mind their oppressive atmospheres. If you appreciate the way one anime handles these themes, you'll likely appreciate how the other does.
By the end of these shows you will be asking yourself who is the real bad guy here
-both have dark atmosphere
-both are mysterious
-both begin slowly and turn in massacre
-both are a fight between two espece of human
-both bring us to think about which one is the good, which one is the evil and other philosophical questions
Oh my God, after finished watching Shiki, I just realized that it actually has so much similarities to Shinsekai Yori, especially on their mysterious athmosphere between both of them. they share some other similarities too, in which consists of:
-How 2 humanoid species lives together in a dystopian system, so that it's inevitable to having fights between both species, it's explained more superficially in Shinsekai Yori while in Shiki, it's told less blatantly but if you look a bit deeper it's basically pretty similar.
-A lot of characters were killed in both series.
-Slow pacing, but then turns to a heavy Thriller later on the series.
-Rural areas settings.
While the difference between both shows are:
-Shinsekai Yori's mysterious aura are somewhat heartwarming while it's kind of creepy in Shiki.
-The gore was heavily shown in Shiki while kept minimum in Shinsekai Yori.
-Shinsekai Yori ending was more conclusive than Shiki.
They both develop a similar theme: how forsaken creatures are seen by others. They also seem to criticise the narrow mentality of human beings and to show the darkest part of them. I think the original idea come from Mary Shelly's famous novel.
While Elfen Lied fails to be a good show and falls into a gore anime full of fanservice, Shiki remains thought-provoking and atmospheric, and, of course, surpasses the first one.
Also, the amount of gore is high in both, and the music is simply beautiful.
Both anime contain non-human beings who kill humans. Another similarity is the huge amount of gore and mass killing but worth mentioning is that they also make you pity these non-human beings.
It delves into the idea of humanity being the true monster- and that people are cruel to things they do not understand.
The series focuses around mysterious beings and happenings. Both filled with gore and horror and a bit of romance.
Shiki has a similar theme to Elfen Lied, questioning the humanity of people who aren't entirely... human, along with the humanity of humans themselves. In both cases, the non-human people have an instinct to kill humans, to survive and/or reproduce. There's a lot of moral grey areas; Shiki presents two characters with conflicting opinions, and with Elfen Lied, the question is tackled on a larger scale, although there is one character who is very conflicted about it.
The execution of Shiki is a bit better, both in terms of character and plot development, although both anime are unrealistic with blood, and for some reason breast size as well. Shiki clarifies and refines quite a bit what Elfen Lied tried to do, and as a result may be more accessible; however if you can look past the many flaws of Elfen Lied, it can be moving as well.
Found it "emotionaly-like" to elfen lied and it contains blood :3
Similar themes about how evil people can be, and both are very interesting
Both have violence, blood, and gore. Both have female characters that are a little bit insane.
A foregin life form invades human society and starts infecting the population. Faced with thes alien creatures, the lines between man and monster, and good and bad start to shift.
While these shows quite differ in characters and atmosphere (Shiki is a dark fantasy/mystery and Parasyte is more sci-fi and action oriented), both ultaimtely tackle same, age old question: What makes a human human and what differentiates us from animals/monsters? Parasyte goes one step further and gets a bit enviromental, questioning man's relationship with Earth, but not in an annoying, preachy fashion.
Both series involve the human race being terrorized and eaten by another species so they can survive. Mysteriously in both series people end up becoming the other species, some find interesting ways to use their new found abilities. Both Narratives have Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller, and Mystery genre components.
New forms of life invade a city/town and people start dying. The whole premise of both Anime is that humans often consume animals or other species but when they are the prey they ignore that fact. I feel Shiki gives us a better perspective and is more representative on the theme. Meanwhile Kiseijuu is more about trying to co-exist.
Both are Horror/Thrillers with heavy themes about the difference between man and monster. They both are highly intellectual and don't portray right and wrong in a clear sense. The biggest difference between the two are
-Shiki is about Vampires, Parasyte is about Aliens
-Shiki is plot driven, Parasyte is character driven
What makes humans superior to other species? Isn't it okay for predators to hunt humans? We eat livestock, how is it any different than an alien species thinking of us as livestock? In Parasyte, the main character Shinichi Izumi's right hand is taken over by a parasite. Pretty much, parasites try to take over the human brain and they can morph whatever part they took over. After taking over the body, they eat humans as their source of food. People are dying around the world but they don't know the causes of the deaths in Parasyte which is similar to Shiki, since everyone is dying and they don't know the cause. In both animes, there is a threat to the humans.
They both have unnatural creatures involving with humans. They both question the life rules of creatures being alive.
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